(Closed) To Post Prices, Or Not To Post…

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: Do you prefer a wedding photographer to have their prices listed on their website?

    No, I don't care.

    Meh, a starting point would be good enough!

    Yes!

  • Post # 77
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    @futuremrsmp:  Must be more regional. Im in upstate NY and almost all of us list at least a starting price.

    Post # 78
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    Blushing bee

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    @wabanzi:  Almost every single photographer I researched that listed prices had them under an “Investment” tab. I’ve never seen this before researching photogs.

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    @sillygoat:  I agree with the other bees that pricing on the website is a must and is the most efficient way for brides to research photographers. 

    Post # 79
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    as for cost, i like having a starting point. like, “packages begin at $xxx, please contact us for more information”. i don’t need to have every cost laid out for me.

    our photographer, before he reorganized his business, had all of his packages and what they cost/included listed on his website. now, he just has the starting point of each package.

    Post # 80
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

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    @AlwaysSunny:  +1

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    @sillygoat:  I would like to at least see a minimum price, or a range.  I don’t want to get my hopes up and then waste your time and mine when I realize I can’t afford you.  At least if I know what ballpark you’re in, I can further inquire if need be.

    Post # 81
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    If you don’t list your price range and packages, then at least list what your starting price is.  You could even add a caveat about special rates for non-peak wedding days if you ever do anything like that.

    One of the most frustrating things in looking for a photographer for me was when they didn’t list prices or even just a starting rate.  If someone’s minimum rate is double what a couple can afford, then it’s a waste of both parties time to email.

     

    Post # 83
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I look at it this way. Couples planning a wedding are busy with life and planning. Planning is a full time job in itself. Vendors are a dime a dozen so to speak particularly photographers. There are 600 listed within 50 miles from me… I do what it takes so its easy for ‘shoppers’ because they will move on to the next one that does if I don’t. There are photograpers better and equally skilled as I am in my backyard.

     

    Photographers are not the only vendor dealt with. Who has time to meet 10 vendors from each category to get a price range? Who has time to send out 100 emails just to get a price?

     

    High end vendors are in a different game than the rest.

     

    Post # 84
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I live by “if I have to ask the price, I can’t afford it”

    So every photog with no prices posted I immediately ignored!

    I liked the package listings! With how many hours/ if there will be a second shooter/ if you get a CD of all images with full rights/ Album or prints included

    Post # 85
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    None of the photographers I contacted had prices on their website.  I had to use preferred vendors by my venue so had to contact everyone.  There was a bit of a shock because we weren’t expecting them to be as expensive as they were, so it would have been nice to know at least a base price before hand.  One photographer whose style we didn’t like at all we only contact because we thought he might be cheaper than the others, but he was the most expensive!  If we had known that upfront we wouldn’t even have contacted him.

    Post # 86
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

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    @sillygoat:  I think your price should depend more on the standard in your area and, obviously, the quality of your work. I think at the very least a starting point is nice to have on a site and as a bride I’d much prefer some information about prices than none. I’ve also seen photographers say something along the lines of “Our packages start at X, but if you have a strict budget please contact me and we’ll try to work something out” that way you have your ideal starting point listed, but you’re also not alienating budget brides.

    Post # 87
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @sillygoat:  I also passed on photographers that didn’t list a starting point on their website and would not choose to meet with those who didn’t send me a full price list when I requested it. 

    Frankly, I think it’s dishonest (and not tto try to build a business relationship with a customer without them aware of how much your services cost. Sure, developing an emotional connection to a photographer’s work and personality is important, but I personally couldn’t do that unless I had basic knowledge about the cost. 

    I think unless you are seeking clients for whom cost isn’t a concern, you need to be as up front as possible about pricing.

    Post # 88
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @sillygoat:  Personally, I liked seeing at least the starting price – ie; wedding packages start at $xx – that way I had an idea if they were in budget or not before I wasted my time or theirs setting up a meeting. 

    All of the photographers I met with had at least a starting price on the website and then when I contacted them emailed me their pricelist.  I don’t want to meet with someone, get emotionally invested with them only to realize they’re way out of my budget.

    Post # 89
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    If I can’t get a general idea on price, I don’t even contact the photographer. I think a guideline is fine! I just think it’s disapointing as a potential client to put the energy into meeting a photographer to then find out that the prices are way beyond my budget. 

    Post # 90
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

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    @sillygoat:   I prefer to have the prices listed.   For my Fiance and me, the photographer was THE most important decision of the wedding.  We booked our photographers ahead of anything else.  For us, the price didn’t matter – it was the style and technical merit of their work which led us to our decision.  We’re cutting out a lot in other areas to get our #1 choice, and are perfectly happy with that.  

    Post # 91
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I found that very, very few photographers will show their prices on their website. I had no problem emailing a photographer for their pricing, after I looked at their pictures and was interested.

    For reference, I spent about $4K oh my photographer.

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